Dear Parents and Guardians,
We had a very exciting first day of school yesterday – with everyone enthusiastic about being back in classes. The first day is always one of renewing friendships, induction, and orientation. We welcome some 140 new students to the school this semester, pleasingly in all sections of the school, including our growing high school programme.
Students were greeted with some changes to facilities. During the shorter than usual break due to our extended ‘’summer experience’’, the School was able to resurface the Sports Field and Pele Pitch, plant additional green spaces, refurbish two villas (Villa 2 and Villa 5) and refresh most classrooms. We have also been very busy supervising the construction and fit-out of the School’s second new ‘block’ (the old Villa 7 site), which is due to be handed-over to the School by the end of September.
The School has also purchased new laptops. This will allow us to provide upgraded computers to students in upper Primary and in Grades 8 - 12. And, for the first time, we also have sufficient laptops to provide devices to students in Grades 1 and 2, on a one-to-one basis, should this become necessary during a mandated school closure. This investment in technology will provide students with better access to the expanded use of technology in the school. Students will be provided training in the relevant use and application of the required technology/software used within the School in the coming days, including Managebac, Google Classroom, and Seesaw. In the event of needing to transition to online learning students will also learn how to access these platforms through the EIS Home Learning Portal.
As mentioned last week the School now has a Parent Portal in place. This portal will soon become the primary source for school information and communication with parents, so we encourage you to register to receive important information and updates, if you haven’t already done so. Please click Information and Registration for the Parent Portal for instruction. If you need any assistance, please contact the Admissions Team email@example.com.
Last week our teachers worked once again with our consultant, Mr. Matthew Savage. Matthew provided two days of professional development on the use of assessment and GL testing data to inform teachers how better to understand each individual student, from the perspectives of academic and personal development. These processes are very important for us to monitor students and track student progress and wellbeing in our school. In order to facilitate this more focused work on curriculum, assessment and teaching we are also introducing, in EY/Primary positions of responsibilities that include an additional PYP Coordinator, Team Leaders and Leaders of Learning for Literacy, Numeracy and Data. These positions complement the existing Leaders of Learning positions in IBMYP and allow for a schoolwide overview of learning.
The circumstances of COVID-19 are obviously affecting our school calendar and our planning of events, particularly large assemblies, and other gatherings to which the general school community have been previously involved. We do, however, understand the importance of parent involvement with their child’s learning and next week we will commence a schedule, over the coming weeks, for parents to visit the school and meet with homeroom teachers. Further information will be circulated by section and we do look forward to welcoming you on campus during these times.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: SECURITY ACCESS
Please be aware that a new security card system has been installed, which now requires all authorized adults and all students in the Middle and High School sections to ‘sign’ in and out of the school premises, using proximity card readers at the entry/exit gates.
Early Years & Primary:
- For parent cards, we have used the latest photographs and information that has been provided to the School. Parent ID Cards were available for distribution/collection as from yesterday.
- For guardian/authorized collectors (nannies, drivers, etc.), for the safety and security of children, we require updated personal information and photographs to be provided each year. Guardian ID Cards will be available for distribution/collection on Monday 17th August afternoon.
The School does not have any off-road areas that allow for drop-off, pick-up or parking of private cars; and consequently, traffic congestion occurs outside and around the School on a regular basis, particularly during the peak times of morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Although the School has no legal authority to direct traffic or to enforce traffic regulations (this is the responsibility of the traffic police), in the spirit of a safe and respectful community, we ask that all drivers adhere to the DRIVER REGULATIONS, and that parent ‘employers’ help to enforce these rules. Please see the Driver Regulations in English and Vietnamese.
Head of School